People Give Input on State of Highway 90

The ride down Highway 90 is not as smooth as it was 2 years ago.

Temporary repairs were made shortly after Katrina, but the new repairs MDOT was scheduled to begin in July have been put off until the fall.

That's because bids for the project have to be reissued.

Ray Gollott is a lifelong resident of Ocean Springs. He travels Highway 90 often and says there's no excuse for the delay.

"I don't think that that's fair because the money's been appropriated for repair, and it's been put off long enough," Gollott said.

Repairs to Highway 90 will begin around the same time as a portion of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge is slated to open to traffic.

Gollott believes this will cause major traffic delays and headaches.

"If they wait until the bridge is repaired to do that, that's just going to cause more inconveniences for local resident and we've been inconvenienced enough for the past two years," Gollott siad.

Jim Hinzman is from Maryland. He and fellow church members are in town to help rebuild homes in South Mississippi. Hinzman agrees that Highway 90 could use some repairs soon.

"It just seems like an old road, I mean, it's got a rough feel, like it bumps," Hinzman said.

Meanwhile, work on the bridge will continue, and the commute along Highway 90 will remain a bumpy one, at least for months to come.

A portion of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge is set to open by November 18.

The entire 10-lane bridge is scheduled to be completed by April of 2008.